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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mitford's fireworks, 5 Nov. 2013
This review is from: The Mitford Girls' Guide to Life (Hardcover)
Biography is a dangerous genre to an author. The best he-she seems to be to celebrate the life of one often very famous and revered, the more he-she tends to dissolve and disappear, behind the facts, the dates, the quotations, the anecdotes of someone else's life ! Writing a biography is being invited at someone's party, where you will have to stay in the back. Looking at the others dancing and having fun. Like one of those pale silhouettes in a Jane Austen's novel, forever longing to be the queen of the ball, but hardly noticeable, and with a name nobody will ever remember ! Well, Lyndsy Spence skipped that inglorious scheme. In her first biography "The Mitford Girls Guide to Life", she not only orders the sequence of the ball, but conducts the orchestra, arrange the flowers, and leads her famous heroines as a real writer should do ! Her book is smart, funny and witty. Although I've never been that much interested in the Mitford Girls (hardly knew about them), I've spent a wonderful time, reading about the nonsenses, the eccentricities and the tragedies of this family, which covers the main themes of the past century. I love the way Lyndsy Spence organize her book. Not according to the boring scheme : birth, life, death... But on an abstract improvisation, which gives a good idea, of the fireworks world where the Mitford lived. Were the greatest sin seemed to be common or worse, boring !
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